Staff at Section for Microbiology – Department of Biology - University of Copenhagen

Søren Johannes Sørensen

Søren Johannes Sørensen


I am currently team leader for a group of 12 scientists, 13 phd’s, three technicians and ten master students applying molecular techniques in microbial ecological studies. The main objective of the group’s studies is to evaluate the extent of genetic flow within the natural communities and the responses to environmental perturbations. Molecular techniques such as DGGE and clone libraries are used to investigate resilience and resistance of community structure in soil. The group has in collaboration with Dr. Tamar Barkay being pioneering in environmental application of specific whole cell biosensors for detection of bioavailable mercury. The research is financed by the various Danish programs (SMP3, Veterinær Miljøforskning, Bioteknologi og Fødevarer, and SNF) and international by EU framework V and VII and the US DOE Environmental research program. In collaboration with Dr. Duncan Veal, Macquarie University, Sydney the group has introduced flow cytometric analysis of whole cell biosensor expressing gfp. I’m the co-founder and vice-Director of the newly established Danish high throughput sequencing facility. I have co-authored > 200 scientific papers in international (peer reviewed) journals, books and presentations at international meetings.


1989-1992           Ph.D. at Faculty of Natural Science, University of Copenhagen

1980-1988           M.Sc in Molecular Ecology (Mark: 13)


Positions held

2005 – ongoing   Professor at Institute of Biology, University of Copenhagen

2002                   2 Months visiting scientist at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

2000 – 2004        Honourees Associate Lecturer at School of Biology Macquarie University, Australia

1999 – 2000        7 MTh’s visiting scientist at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

1997 – 2004        Associated professor at Dept. General Microbiology, University of Copenhagen

1993 – 1994        6 MTh’s visiting scientist at EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory, Florida, USA

1992 – 1996        Assistant professor at Dept. General Microbiology, University of Copenhagen

1989 – 1990        10 MTh’s visiting scientist at EPA's Environmental Research Laboratory, Florida, USA


Review boards and committees (last five years)

2009 – ongoing   Member of the Consulting Scientific Committee (FOKO) in the Danish Centre for Advanced Food Studies

2006 – ongoing   Member of the Institute of Biology’s research committee

2006 – ongoing   Deputy at the Faculty of Science’s research committee

2006                    International organizing committee for 9th International Symposium on Metal Ions in Biology and Medicine Lisbon

2002 – ongoing   Scientific evaluator for Research Council in several European countries

2001 – ongoing   Scientific member in Microbiology of The Environmental Appeal Board

2000 – ongoing   Scientific evaluator for the Natural Environment Research Council - UK

1999 – 2002        International co-ordinator of COST831 WorkGroup IV

1998 – 2002        Danish national delegate of COST831

1992 – ongoing   Referee at all major journals within Microbiology



Peer reviewed articles:                             187                          

Peer reviewed book chapters:                    14

Public outreach activities:                            5

Scientific oral presentations:                  >100

(approx. 50% as invited speaker)

H-index:                                                 50


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